President Ramaphosa sends message of support to British PM Boris Johnson

7 April 2020, 11:24 AM
President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined world leaders in sending messages of support to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened on Monday. 
Japan set to announce almost $1 trillion stimulus 7 April 2020, 4:48 AM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce a state of emergency on Tuesday for the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures to stem a worrying rise in coronavirus infections in major population centres.

Mainland China posts drop in new imported coronavirus cases 7 April 2020, 3:54 AM

Mainland China reported on Tuesday a decline in imported coronavirus cases, after closing its borders to virtually all foreigners, while increasing vigilance on infected people who show no symptoms but can still pass on the virus.

Trump says Americans are praying for British PM 7 April 2020, 12:53 AM

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was saddened to hear that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been moved to an intensive care unit after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and that Americans were praying for his recovery.

UK PM Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care 6 April 2020, 9:25 PM

European nations including hard-hit Italy and Spain have started looking ahead to easing coronavirus lockdowns after steady falls in fatality rates, as the United States prepared on Monday for what one official called "peak death week".

Obtaining a meal is a daily struggle for some South Africans stuck in foreign countries 6 April 2020, 4:15 PM

The global lockdown as a result of the deadly coronavirus has meant that thousands of South Africans remain stranded in countries around the world.

UN calls on governments to include GBV prevention as part of COVID-19 fighting strategy 6 April 2020, 2:30 PM

The United Nations Secretary General has called on governments everywhere to make prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19.

British PM Johnson still in hospital with persistent coronavirus symptoms 6 April 2020, 10:50 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in hospital in London for tests on Monday suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, but Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government.

Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests after persistent coronavirus symptoms 6 April 2020, 4:11 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital for tests on Sunday in what Downing Street said was a “precautionary step” because he was showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

45 South Africans to be repatriated from Brazil on Wednesday 5 April 2020, 5:01 PM

About 45 South African citizens are expected to be repatriated from Brazil on Wednesday.

Tokyo sees more than 130 new coronavirus cases, highest jump in one day 5 April 2020, 10:49 AM

More than 130 people were newly infected with the novel coronavirus in Tokyo, Japan's NHK public broadcaster reported on Sunday, citing officials from the metropolitan government.

There’s going to be a lot of deaths in US in coming days: Trump 5 April 2020, 7:43 AM

President Donald Trump told Americans to brace for a big spike in coronavirus fatalities in the coming days, as the country faces what he called the toughest two weeks of the pandemic.

China mourns thousands who died in country’s coronavirus epidemic 5 April 2020, 5:00 AM

China on Saturday mourned the thousands of “martyrs” who have died in the coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast across the country and suspending all forms of entertainment.

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Austrian coronavirus infection growth slows significantly: Health Ministry 4 April 2020, 5:45 PM

Austria's daily growth of COVID-19 infections has decreased to a single digit percentage range from 40% three weeks ago as restrictions on people's movement and the closure of schools and shops took effect, the Health Ministry said.

Moscow deserted on first weekend of lockdown 4 April 2020, 3:41 PM

Central Moscow was deserted on Saturday on the first weekend after Russian President Vladimir Putin extended a national holiday in Russia until April 30.

Britain unlikely to lift coronavirus lockdown until end of May: government expert 4 April 2020, 1:44 PM

Britain is unlikely to lift its stringent lockdown rules until the end of May, a leading government adviser said on Saturday, warning that the spread of coronavirus must first slow and intense testing be introduced.

South Korea extends intensive social distancing to reach 50 daily coronavirus cases 4 April 2020, 5:50 AM

South Korea said on Saturday it will extend its intensive social distancing campaign scheduled to end on Monday by two weeks in a bid to curb the rate of coronavirus infections to around 50 a day.

China mourns thousands who died in country’s coronavirus epidemic 4 April 2020, 3:48 AM

China declared Saturday a day of mourning for the thousands of "martyrs" who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment.

Trump advises voluntary mask use against coronavirus but won’t wear one himself 4 April 2020, 3:30 AM

The US government is now recommending Americans wear cloth face coverings on a voluntary basis to stem the spread of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that he himself would not use one.

IMF sees coronavirus-induced global downturn ‘way worse’ than financial crisis 4 April 2020, 2:31 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the global economy to a standstill and plunged the world into a recession that will be "way worse" than the global financial crisis a decade ago, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday, calling it "humanity's darkest hour."

Anyone near Trump or Pence will be given rapid coronavirus test – White House 4 April 2020, 12:13 AM

With the coronavirus contagion spreading, the White House said on Friday that anyone expected to be near President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will be given a rapid COVID-19 test out of an abundance of caution.

New York faces COVID-19 onslaught as state’s dead nears 9/11 toll 3 April 2020, 9:45 PM

New York state has recorded more than 500 coronavirus-related deaths in a single day, bringing the statewide total to nearly 3 000, or about the same number killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday.

As coronavirus cases rise, Japan urges hospital beds be saved for the severely ill 3 April 2020, 5:56 AM

The Japanese government said on Friday it has told regions that have suffered the most serious outbreaks of coronavirus to save hospitals beds for severely ill patients, while keeping others with milder or no symptoms at home or in hotels.

China’s Hubei province reports four new coronavirus deaths as of April 2 3 April 2020, 4:53 AM

Mainland China reported 31 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including two locally transmitted infections, the country’s National Health Commission said on Friday.

Americans urged to wear masks outside as coronavirus pandemic worsens 3 April 2020, 4:34 AM

The Trump administration on Thursday looked set to join local officials in advising Americans to wear masks when venturing out during the still-exploding coronavirus pandemic, as the US death toll rose by 1000 in a single day for the first time.

Top Wuhan official says residents should avoid going out unless necessary 3 April 2020, 3:40 AM

The top official in Wuhan,the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in China, warned residents to strengthen self-protection measures and avoid going out as Beijing preaches vigilance to avoid a resurgence of infections.

Trump tested again for coronavirus, result was negative -White House 3 April 2020, 1:44 AM

President Donald Trump on Thursday was tested again to determine whether he had been infected by the coronavirus, and the test came back negative, the White House said.

Window for containing coronavirus in Mideast closing -WHO 3 April 2020, 1:31 AM

Governments in the Middle East need to act fast to limit the spread of the coronavirus after cases rose to nearly 60 000, almost double their level a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Global coronavirus cases top 1 million -Johns Hopkins tally 2 April 2020, 10:47 PM

Global coronavirus cases topped 1 million on Thursday as the pandemic explodes in the United States and the death toll continues to climb in Italy and Spain, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

EU Commission apologises to Italy over coronavirus response 2 April 2020, 6:11 PM

The head of the European Commission apologised to Italy on Thursday for a lack of solidarity from Europe in tackling its coronavirus crisis, but promised greater help in dealing with the economic fallout.

[File Image] A man wearing a protective mask on his neck walks past closed shops in an empty street following the lockdown in the Philippine capital to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manila, Philippines.
‘Shoot them dead’ – Philippine leader says won’t tolerate lockdown violators 2 April 2020, 10:18 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned violators of coronavirus lockdown measures they could be shot for causing trouble and said abuse of medical workers was a serious crime that would not be tolerated.